So I have a new addiction – putting a smoothie in a bowl! Ok, so at this point you are probably like ok Zigi what’s so special about that?! It may sound weird but putting a smoothie in a bowl creates a brand new world of possibilities!
As someone that is lactose intolerant, before even knowing that I was lactose intolerant I stopped eating yogurt because it hurt my stomach. Now that I know lactose is the reason why I felt sick, I could eat soy yogurt, butttt I’m not the biggest fan. But give me a smoothie and this girl is a happy camper. So while in Hawaii with my sister I came across a place that turned a smoothie into a yogurt parfait. And I got to tell you, boy were my taste buds delighted! The best part is it great for breakfast, a midday snack, or even dessert.
All of my smoothies always start with frozen strawberries. Why frozen? I use frozen fruit instead of ice. This makes your smoothie jam-packed with deliciousness. Strawberries have higher levels of vitamin c, fiber, folate and potassium than most other fruits. Eating one serving a day can significantly decrease blood pressure, which may reduce the risk of heart disease – something that runs in my family so bring on the strawberries! Strawberries are also found to reduce risk of cancer, enhance memory function and rheumatoid arthritis.
This recipe is both vegan and gluten free.
- 4-5 frozen small/medium strawberries (add more if needed to thicken smoothie)
- 3/4 cup mix of fruit. I usually add mango, goji berries, and raspberries. I can always get this frozen at the store. You can choose whatever mix you would like except bananas (explained in directions area). In the summer, I love mixing in fresh mango.
- 1 packet Sambazon Pure Acai (I get this at Whole Foods. This is not necessary for the smoothie, it’s just a great way to get this super antioxidant into your diet)
- 1 cup original unsweetened almond milk (If making as dessert use the vanilla almond milk)
- 1/4 cup granola (I love the Quaker Natural Granola: Oats & Honey)
- optional: Nestle Toll House Mini Morsels (If making as a dessert I sprinkle some on top)
- optional: additional fresh fruit to top the bowl with
- blender or magic bullet
*Note: This recipe depends on consistency. If you have very large frozen strawberries you will probably need more milk.
Makes: 1 serving
If using any fresh fruit the first step is to cut it up. When I use a mango, I use about 1/2 of it if just using strawberries and mango. Never use bananas for the smoothie bowl. I’ve tried this a couple times and the bananas give the smoothie a very silky texture that does not work well as a smoothie bowl. It will end up being too thin and melting quickly. However, for those banana lovers, I recommend cutting up some fresh banana and throwing it on top. In Hawaii, I used fresh papaya and lilikoi on top – yum!
I use a magic bullet for all smoothies because it makes it so easy. You put everything in, let it blend for about a minute and then your done. You can use a regular blender for this too, but if you make smoothies often I recommend you looking into purchasing a magic bullet.
Start with 4 strawberries and the mixed fruit. Put this in the blender and add the 1 cup almond milk. Let this mix for about 1min. While mixing place the Sambazon Pure Acai under hot water to defrost. Once it is liquid, add this to the smoothie and blend for a few seconds.
You want this to have a thick ice cream like consistency. Not a thin consistency that you could sip through a straw. Add more strawberries if it is too thin or a bit more almond milk if too thick, and blend again for a few more seconds. You should only be blending for about 2mins total. Remove it from the blender and place smoothie in a bowl.
Now’s the fun part! Drizzle a swirl of honey over the top. I create a criss-cross design similar to a piecrust but you can do a smiley face or whatever inspires you Then put the granola on top. If you are having this as a dessert sprinkle some mini-chocolate chips on top. I like Nestle Toll House Mini Morsels. And lastly, if you have fresh fruit or are a banana fan, you can also garnish with that.
This turns your everyday smoothie into a filling meal packed with fiber, vitamins and nutrients.
- Let your kids decorate their own
- Mix it up with different types of granola
- Be bold – try fruit you were always too scared to try. When paired with fruit you love, you may discover you like it!